Now that I've gotten that out of my system, lets dive into one of the lost relics of the '90s. Chris "The Dace Man" Dace here, bringing you a gem from the '90s that was able to catch my gnat-like attention span and hook me till the end. What am I talking about? I'm talking about the 1999 album from Eiffel 65, entitled Europop.
So, I know what you're thinking: Yes, I am that crazy. But, c'mon, the moment you read the first line of this article, you know you were singing the song Blue (Da Ba Dee). To me, this album is fantastic because it incorporates absolutely nothing you'd find on my playlists. I love this album from start to finish, yet you will not find another euro, techno, italiano thingumabob song anywhere on my music player, I can guarantee that. Because of this album's uniqueness, it was one of the first albums I bought as a child that wasn't Weird Al. I mean, just take a look at the track listing:
1. Blue (Da Ba Dee)
2. Too Much Of Heaven
3. Dub In Life
4. Living In A Bubble
5. Move Your Body
6. My Console
7. Your Clown
8. Another Race
9. The Edge
10. Now Is Forever
11. Silicon World
13. Hyperlink (Deep Down)
14. Blue (Da Ba Dee) Extended Mix
The fact that they released a song entitled My Console, in which they sang about how they were playing on the PlayStation, is an automatic win in my book. I often find myself singing several of these songs every day over a decade later—and no, not just Blue—which I think is a testament to how awesome this album is. Am I the only one who feels this way? Quite possibly, but that's why I'm writing this article. As a teen, I thoroughly enjoyed this album from start to finish, and I still do today. In fact, as I write this article I'm currently listening in the background to the original CD—you know, those archaic round things.
On the US Billboard 200, the album Europop reached number four and went platinum twice by February 2000. It released four singles on the radio airwaves—Blue, Move Your Body, Too Much of Heaven, and My Console—with Blue reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100. Though lightning never struck the band twice in the States, they stayed active up until 2005, and then reemerged in 2010. They're currently touring in Europe and Australia.
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